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Visit our 'Kuralai' website to find out about our Alternative livelihood project in Uzbekistan, where local women are creating beautiful traditionally embroidered bags to help save saigas.

Crisis Fundraising Appeal

A sudden, mysterious outbreak of disease currently threatens the saiga’s existence.
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More than 120,000 saigas have been confirmed dead in central Kazakhstan; more than a third of the global population.

This is a major blow for conservation efforts given that saigas have in the past ten years only just started to recover from a global population size of less than 50,000 animals following a 95% crash in numbers.

Please help us raise funds to carry out urgent actions to save saigas

Saigas are one of the most threatened species on the planet. Their numbers declined by 95% in just 15 years.

The Saiga Conservation Alliance (SCA) is committed to saving the critically endangered saiga antelope from imminent extinction. We are a long-standing network of scientists and conservationists who work across saiga range states on grassroots projects informed by sound science. At the SCA we believe in bringing stakeholders together to emphasize human needs and to act as a catalyst for sustainable conservation solutions.
Donations are crucial to the SCA. If you would like to support our work, please click here.

Want to learn more about the enigmatic saiga? Click here.



Why did more than 200,000 saiga antelopes die in less than two weeks?

In May 2015 an extraordinary scene unfolded on the steppes of central Kazakhstan. Female saigas gathered in their usual huge numbers to give birth on the open plain over a period of just 10 days, a spectacle thought to be a predator-swamping mechanism and a way to hit the peak of forage availability during lactation and calf growth. But this time, the females quickly became weak and uncoordinated, dying in a matter of hours. Soon a vast area stretching over hundreds of kilometres was littered with corpses. The calves followed soon after; within any given aggregation of tens of thousands of animals, it appeared that every single animal died over a period of a few days.



Young Uzbek reporters seminar

Journalist training session for young people in Uzbekistan



New Ranger Station in Russia

After the devastating news from Kazakhstan that 88% (over 200,000 saigas) of the Betpak-dala population died during the calving period in May 2015, it has never been more important to support the efforts of the anti-poaching ranger teams in protecting the last remaining saiga populations.

In 2015 the Wildlife Conservation Network and Disney sent the SCA emergency funds which we are most grateful for, as they allowed us to support the critical work which our colleagues in the North-West Pre-Caspian region are carrying out to protect their saiga population.



Cartoon Celebration

Celebration for all those involved in producing the award-winning Steppe Tale II


More news, and back issues of our biannual newsletter Saiga News, is available on our News page.